The best walking shoes for racing

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The best walking shoes for racing
Some shoes have better features for racewalking than others. (shoes image by Ruta Saulyte from Fotolia.com)

Racewalking is a sport that demands endurance, speed and discipline, as you must generate a considerable amount of force without breaking out of a walking stride. Because of the repetitive nature of the sport, racewalking at a high level of competition requires durable, comfortable shoes. While all shoes are technically made for walking, MayoClinic.com notes that some are better than others for racewalking. The clinic suggests finding shoes with gel pads, adequate padding and a roll bar if possible.

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Asics Gel Kayano Walker

According to the lifestyle magazine "Good Housekeeping," the Gel Kayano Walker by Asics is a top choice for walking. Unlike many shoes, these are specifically designed for walking and provide ample comfort. "Good Housekeeping" says the Asics Gel Kayano Walker shoes are lightweight, which means they are unlikely to slow you down during races, while still offering padding for comfort and support, which may help reduce the risk of soreness or injury.

Merrell Chameleon Wrap Slam Gore-Tex XCR

According to the exercise website Walking.org, the Merrell Chameleon Wrap Slam Gore-Tex XCR shoes are the best walking shoes available. The website notes that these shoes are among the most comfortable shoes in the world and offer breathable fabric to prevent your feet from getting sweaty and overheated. In addition, these shoes offer "premium quality performance" and have a durable Gore-Tex lining. Walking.org explains that the Chameleon Wrap Slam Gore-Tex XCR shoes are also attractive.

Mizuno Elixir 5

The Mizuno Elixir 5 is one of the best shoes for both stability and performance, according to "Walk About Magazine." This shoe has a low profile and is lightweight, which may make it more suitable for racewalking. "Walk About Magazine" claims this shoe offers high levels of stability, but still "covers the go-fast needs of a race walker." In addition, the magazine explains that the Mizuno Elixir 5 offers comfortable cushioning.

MBT M.Walk

When you're competing, the last thing you need to derail your race is discomfort. For this reason, you may want to use the MBT M.Walk shoes, which footwear review website Most Comfortable Shoes called the second most comfortable pair for women of 2010. According to the website, the MBT M.Walk shoes may help improve your posture and stride by actively engaging your leg muscles. An improved gait may lead to higher speeds, and Most Comfortable Shoes notes that this pair may also reduce stress on your joints, ligaments and tendons, possibly decreasing your risk of injury.

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